Lent 2023: Our journey to Easter - Catholic Courier

Lent 2023: Our journey to Easter

Journey along with the Catholic Courier during the penitential season of Lent. Below you’ll find helpful materials — including Scripture, reflections, background information and more.

New resources will be added here each day.

Also, on the Catholic Courier‘s social media platforms, we will be posting a quick, one-minute daily video related about Lent. Follow Catholic Courier on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to see those daily videos. Some of those videos will be posted below.

Start of Lent

The start of our Lenten journey. All parishes in the Diocese of Rochester are having special Masses or services to mark the start of Lent. Click on the button below for times: 

Click on the plus sign for reflections on the readings and Gospel for the week.

Fish Fry Locations

Canandaigua restaurant’s Friday fish fries aid Catholic school

Lenten Fish Dinners in the Diocese of Rochester

Click on the plus sign for locations of fish dinners offered in the Diocese of Rochester during Lent.

Prayer during Lent

Prayer is one of the three pillars of Lent. During this season, we are called to set aside more time for prayer so that we can draw closer to God and to one another.

Click on the plus sign for Lenten-related stories in Catholic Courier‘s Why Do Catholics…? series, which aims to answers questions about what Catholic do and believe.


Catholics are encouraged to experience God’s love and mercy by receiving the sacrament of reconciliation during Lent. Below are lists of regularly scheduled opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The lists include additional times during Lent.

Pray40 Challenge

The Hallow prayer app has a 40-day Lent Prayer Challenge. The prayers are led by actors Mark Wahlberg, Jonathan Roumie and Jim Caviezel; Father Mike Schmitz and Rwanda genocide survivor Immaculée Ilibagiza.


During Lent, we are asked to focus more intently on almsgiving. Almsgiving means donating money or goods to the poor and performing other acts of charity.

Via Dolorosa

The Via Dolorosa is a processional route in the Jerusalem that represents the path that Jesus took on his way to crucifixion and death. Photos from Catholic Courier wedding blogger Leonor, and her late husband, Ed Rivera. The Riveras went to the Holy Land in 2019. 

Fasting & Abstinence

Fasting is one of the three pillars of lent. For Catholics, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence from meat. The Fridays of Lent are also obligatory days of abstinence.

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